Syndrome of the medical student
Sometimes called syndrome of the medical student the trend of medical students to self-diagnose in an irrational way the most serious illnesses. It is more a meeting of circumstances that a true pathology.
This syndrome is caused by several factors:
* Learning the semiology preceding the pathology: the students know the signs of the diseases and syndromes in which major rank, without sufficient experience to maintain a critical distance;
* Stress related to situations emotionally difficult and possibly the fear of contagion in the workplace.
The syndrome is distinct from:
* Hypochondria, which is a psychiatric condition characterized the hypochondriac is persuaded to become ill, so delirious, or formidable disease to catch a disease;
* Rational self, although it is difficult.
The syndrome of the medical student is regressing as the medical curriculum for several reasons:
* The acquisition of knowledge on the pathology;
* The face of relativization patients seen at the hospital;
* The psychological resistance;
* The confrontation with reality: he is not the disease (eg symptoms supposedly do not).
The syndrome can be expressed in negative form: irrational denial of a real disease, because the student is unable to collect all the signs of the disease.
On the psychiatric, there is no clear description or critérologique of this syndrome, no work or publication supporting its existence. If the concept is sometimes used by medical students or their teachers, it has no corresponding syndrome in the medical sense of the word